VICT world’s first fully automated terminal

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Cargo handing solutions provider Kalmar and shipping technology company Navis, both part of cargo and load handling solutions company Cargotec, have delivered the first OneTerminal automation solution to International Container Terminal Services Incorporated (ICTSI) at the Port of Melbourne.

Kalmar OneTerminal provides an integrated automation solution, bringing together Kalmar and Navis software systems, equipment and services. The deployment was completed ahead of schedule, making Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT) the world’s first fully automated international container handling facility.

“VICT was designed, and is now equipped, to be fully automated, making it the most advanced container terminal in the world,” said Christian Gonzalez, Chairman, Christian Gonzalez, VICT, and Chairman and Senior Vice President – Asia-Pacific Region, ICTSI. “We chose Kalmar’s cutting-edge technology and equipment and Navis’ software and it is enabling us to reach the highest standards of port safety. The project was completed on budget and ahead of schedule. This has never been achieved in the port industry for a fully automated terminal. It is especially noteworthy when considering the unprecedented complexity of the civil works requirements, along with the level of pioneering automation governing the design.”

Kalmar’s OneTerminal deployment at VICT includes the Kalmar Automatic Stacking Crane (ASCs) system with 20 ASCs, 11 Kalmar AutoShuttles, Kalmar Automated Truck Handling, Kalmar Terminal Logistics System and the Navis N4 Terminal System. Additionally, Kalmar provided a range of project services required to deploy and support the solution.

“Since signing the contract with VICT in August 2014, we have worked hard to complete the project ahead of schedule and to the full satisfaction of the customer,” said Tero Kokko, Senior Vice President – Automation and Projects, Kalmar. “We were able to deliver our equipment months ahead of schedule. The software solution combining Kalmar TLS and Navis N4 Terminal System was pre-integrated and tested before the delivery, speeding up the deployment.”

Mark Welles, Vice President and General Manager – Asia Pacific, Navis, added: “Our team’s tireless efforts and knowledge have been instrumental in taking VICT from greenfield to fully automated and operational more quickly than expected. The N4 Terminal System will allow VICT to optimise operations, speed turnaround times and deliver a new level of unprecedented efficiency in key areas of the terminal.”